(Chicago, IL) — December 22, 2009. It’s a fib.
Democratic state representative candidate Dan Farley yesterday issued a press releasing heralding his endorsement from U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Chicago) in his race to succeed State Rep. John Fritchey (D-Chicago).
The Farley press release included this quote from Quigley:
“Dan Farley is not a special interest lobbyist. We need a State Representative who will fight for us and against the special interests who try to control our State. I enthusiastically support Dan Farley to fight the status quo in Illinois.”
The quote takes a not so-subtle swipe at Farley opponent Ann Williams, a former pharmaceutical company lobbyist of Wyeth, which produces, among other things, chapstick.
Funny thing, however, happened on the way to the printer: Quigley never approved the quote. Farley made it up.
Rich Miller at The Capitol Fax reported today that a Quigley spokesperson yesterday said:
“While the Congressman is supporting Mr. Farley, he would not slight another candidate in doing so. Unfortunately, the Farley campaign released an inaccurate statement, and I believe they are issuing a correction shortly.”
For a campaign backed by political professionals, this is amateur hour at its best.
By the way, we are still waiting for the Farley campaign statement correction.